SALEM, Va.—Babson College junior Chris Lowry (Union, Conn.) was presented with the prestigious Elite 90 Award at the NCAA Division III Men's Basketball Championship Student-Athlete Celebration on Thursday night.
The Elite 90, an award founded by the NCAA in 2009, recognizes the true essence of the student-athlete by honoring the individual who has reached the pinnacle of competition at the national championship level in his or her sport, while also achieving the highest academic standard among his or her peers. To be presented with the award, a student-athlete must be at least a sophomore academically and athletically, and in at least his second year of eligibility in addition to having the highest cumulative grade-point average participating at the finals site for each of the NCAA's 90 championships.
Lowry, who boasts a 3.59 GPA with concentrations in marketing and business analytics, has been named to the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Academic All-Conference team in each of the last two seasons. He also is now the first in Babson Athletics history to win the Elite 90 Award.
A key reserve over the first 19 games of the season, Lowry has started 10 of the last 12 contests for the Beavers and is averaging 4.5 points, 4.0 assists and 2.8 rebounds. He scored a career-high 10 points in last Saturday's 102-79 NCAA Tournament Sectional Final win over Keene State to help the program reach the Division III Final Four for the second time in three years.
No. 3 Babson (29-2) will take on top-ranked Whitman (31-0) in the first of two national semifinal contests at 5 p.m. on Friday at the Salem Civic Center.